Burning fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas (GHG), into the atmosphere. Transportation is the largest contributor of GHG emissions in the U.S. The IGND aims to reduce emissions from the City vehicle fleet by 50 percent by 2025. The electrification strategy also includes electrification projects in six main city neighborhoods, a micromobility strategy including scooters and bicycles, and a program that provides pre-owned vehicles to low-income recipients.
A major sub-goal of Transportation is Municipal Fleet Electrification. The City plans to electrify 50% of the municipal fleet by December of 2025 and reduce City GHG emissions by 50%. This element is a clear path to reducing emissions and should be prioritized. Though we consider it In Progress, we are concerned that with 16 months left, meeting the schedule may be at risk. Another sub-goal, Micromobility (electric bikes and scooters), was transitioned out of City control to a non-profit organization. And, a plan to enable low income preowned electric car ownership was not delivered as planned, in January of this year.